The National Basketball Association finals began in the 1949-1950 season. Since then, a handful of teams have dominated the Playoffs and Finals.
Decades of Rivals
With the Lakers making 31 appearances in The Finals with 16 wins, they come in second only to the Celtics. While the Celtics have fewer appearances (21), they hold the title of most successful team in the NBA Finals, with 17 championships.
While these two teams dominated for multiple seasons, boasting one for the best rivalries in NBA history. They also hold the record for most consecutive wins, a record set back in 1966 with eight consecutive titles from 1959 to 1966. Are the Warriors on their way to breaking this record?
A New Era in Basketball
While the Celtics made it to the Conference Finals last year, the Lakers/Celtic dominance has waned. It’s been 8 seasons since the Celtics and Lakers made their most recent appearance in The Finals, leaving room for new teams to rise and claim the title of Champion.
At the end of the 2017-2018 season, the Warriors and the Cavaliers became the first two teams to meet in four consecutive Finals. And, for the fourth year in a row, the Warriors took home the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Over the next few weeks, 16 teams will face off in a best-of-seven elimination tournament to determine who will have a change to claim the Championship in 2108.
Who Will Make it to The NBA Finals?
Visit LetsTakeOutTheTrash.com to tell us who you want to see dominate the Playoffs this season and track of their progress in the Playoffs at NBA.com. Which teams will represent the Eastern and Western Conferences in the biggest showdown of the season?